Controversy surrounds slain Sokoto scholar’s burial in Niger

The corpse of the feminine scholar of Shehu Shagari School of Training Sokoto, Deborah Yakubu, who was killed by extremists for alleged blasphemy has brought about controversy in her neighborhood.

Deborah, who was stoned to dying and burnt by her fellow college students for allegedly making a blasphemous assertion on a WhatsApp group, has divided her neighborhood over whether or not she needs to be buried or not.

Her stays, meant to be laid to relaxation in her hometown, Tungan Magajiya in Rijau Native Authorities Space of Niger State on Saturday, has been hijacked by the youth in her neighborhood who insisted that the corpse needs to be returned to Sokoto to be correctly delivered to her household.

Whereas the household insists on burying her, the ECWA Church management and the youth insist on returning the corpse to Sokoto state.

The deceased uncle, Emmanuel Maji, a pastor with ECWA in Tungan Magajiya who spoke in Hausa in a phone interview with our correspondent, mentioned the daddy of the deceased acquired a name on Friday to come back and accumulate the stays of Deborah for burial.

Maji added that the deceased father left on Friday and returned together with her stays on Saturday morning.

The uncle additionally mentioned when the management of the church obtained wind of the invitation to select up the corpse, they tried to cease the motion of the corpse with out correct dialogue with the federal government of Sokoto State or the State Police Command.

“Our leaders mentioned that they don’t agree that she needs to be introduced again identical to that with out being accompanied by authorities officers or officers from the varsity.

“Since Deborah was killed in class by her fellow college students, we really feel that she has grow to be authorities property and needs to be handled as such.”

He added that the daddy of the slain woman was within the organized business automobile returning with the physique when the motive force was known as and allegedly instructed to not decide up any calls.

Maji narrated that after the decision, the motive force subsequently switched off his cellphone. He added that the deceased father and members of the family couldn’t verify who organized the automobile that conveyed Deborah’s stays again to Minna.

“When the motive force obtained to the compound, we tried to ask him questions, he simply threw the corpse down and drove off which angered the youth who virtually began protesting till they have been pacified.”

Maaji additional said that the management of ECWA insisted the physique needs to be deposited within the mortuary whereas they attain out to the federal government of Sokoto State however the father and others insisted on burying the woman.

“Whereas the church was attempting to make sure that the proper factor is completed, the household felt that we have been being unfair to them by asking them to deposit the stays within the mortuary.

“They mentioned after such an important loss, we nonetheless don’t need them to bury her bones.”.

Maji said that Deborah’s mom has been down because the information broke whereas the daddy couldn’t additionally communicate on the time of the decision.

One other uncle of the deceased who was contacted merely mentioned “I can’t communicate to journalists in the intervening time as we’re getting ready for the burial.”

Afterward, the youth of Tungan Magajiya hijacked the corpse and deposited it within the mortuary.

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